Legault: “there is no islamophobia”, so no day against islamophobia

Legault: «il n'y a pas d'islamophobie», donc pas de journée contre l'islamophobie

GATINEAU — there is no islamophobia in Quebec, has assured Thursday, the prime minister François Legault, who closes the door opened by the deputy prime minister Geneviève Guilbault in favor of a national day against islamophobia.

Ms. Guilbault was manifested in the beginning of the week its opening in the wake of the commemoration of the slaughter of the mosque of Quebec, that occurred precisely two years ago.

At a press conference at the end of a two-day meeting of its deputies in Gatineau, Mr. Legault was first touted for the prudent approach of his vice-first-minister, but did not put time to close the debate.

“Genevieve (Guilbault) has been prudent in saying that we were going to look at that, we looked at it and it’s not going to happen, it is clear, then,” said the prime minister.

As to the reasons for this refusal, he was still a laconic time. “Good, listen, I don’t think that there is islamophobia in Quebec”, he decided.

After the press conference, a press officer of the government, Ewan Saved, went to the hurry in the media room to clarify that “the prime minister wanted to say: there is no current of islamophobia in Quebec.”

This remains a hot political issue in Quebec since the beginning of the debate on reasonable accommodation in 2007, followed by the various attempts of successive governments of the liberal Party, the Parti québécois and now the CAQ, to legislate on the issue of secularism and the wearing of religious signs.

The possible prohibition of the wearing of religious signs by the representatives of the State in a position of authority, that advocates for the CAQ, would be to touch, for example muslim women who wish to wear the veil or the headscarf.

In Ottawa, the parliamentary committee of Heritage had recommended it nearly a year to the federal government to enact the January 29th “national Day of remembrance and activities relating to islamophobia and any other form of religious discrimination”.

The idea had been advanced by the national Council of canadian muslims who had written to the prime minister and had been submitted to the committee after the adoption Room of the motion M-103.

The elected conservative minority on the committee, had signed a report dissident where they raised some issues such as the definition of the term islamophobia and unfounded allegation, according to them, that a climate of hatred and fear was in the process of moving in the population.

Two years ago to the day, six people were killed and 19 others were injured when Alexandre Bissonnette had burst into their place of worship on January 29, 2017. Bissonnette is waiting for his sentence. He pleaded guilty to six counts of premeditated murder and six of attempted murder with a firearm restricted.

Recall that, for its part, the mayor of Toronto, John Tory, was appointed on January 29, the day of memory and action against islamophobia in his town.

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